20th GORE-TEX ® Philadelphia Marathon RESULTS – 2013

A Spectacular Day of Running and Celebration at the
20th GORE-TEX ® Philadelphia Marathon
International runners claim the top spots in the marathon as the course record falls in women’s half marathon.
PHILADELPHIA  (November 17, 2013) — Celebrating the 20th running
of the Marathon, there was plenty of excitement among the crowd of more
than 60,000 that lined the race course to cheer on the field of 30,000
registered participants. 
Amid excellent conditions, including a start time temperature of 52 degrees, Ethiopian Abebe
Mekuriya, a seasoned marathoner running his first marathon on U.S.
soil, captured the 2013 GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon title with time
of 2:17:35.  In the women’s division, Russian Irina Alexandrova took the
top spot with a time of 2:39:06.
While Mekuriya captured the crown in the Men’s Marathon, fellow Ethiopian Tesfaye
Dube of NY finished second with a time of 2:18:15 and Nick Hilton,
running his first-ever marathon, captured third with a time of 2:19:36.
“At mile sixteen I felt like I had the win if I just continued to run my race,” said the 2013 GORE-TEX ® Philadelphia Marathon Men’s Champion Abebe Mekuriya.  “I was excited to win my first race here in the United States.”
Following Alexandrova , the Women’s field was rounded out by two Ethiopian runners,

Tezeta Dengersa of Washington, DC who finished second with a time
of 2:40:13, followed by Meseret Basa (now of New York, NY) who clocked
in at 2:40:51.

course was great, the crowds and today’s conditions were very good.  I
felt comfortable during the race.  I very much wanted to win today and
am very happy with my win,” said The 2013 GORE-TEX ® Philadelphia
Marathon Women’s Champion Irina Alexandrova.
Yung Hyung of Alburquerque, NM took the top spot in the Men’s Masters
division, as Mary Pardi took the title in the Women’s Masters division.  
Half Marathon
cheering fans along Benjamin Franklin Parkway erupted as Rkia El Moukim
crossed the finish line with a record-setting performance, taking the
top spot in The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Half Marathon Women’s division. 
Her 1:10:53 performance broke the record set last year by Misiker
Mekonnin Demissie.   El Moukim also set a course record at yesterday’s
Rothman 8K. 
was a repeat winner in the men’s division as well, as Elijah Karanja
won today’s half marathon after also capturing the title at yesterday’s
Rothman 8K.  Karanja, who trains alongside the 2013 GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon Women’s champion Irina Alexandrova, clocked in at 1:02:59.
Eric Shafer of Pittsburgh, PA took the title in the Men’s Master division  of the Half Marathon, as Vicky Jasparro Fredericksburg, VA took first in the Women’s Masters division. 
Celebrating 20 Years of Running
“Whether it’s runners over the past 20 years, the thousands toeing the start line this weekend, or a future generation 20 years from now, runners will continue to run,” said Kirk Christensen, GORE-TEX® Running Footwear Global Leader.  “GORE-TEX® footwear is proud to be part of this milestone year of a long-standing Philadelphia tradition.”
Although much has changed for the race over the past 20 years, one thing remains the same – the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon continues its commitment to making Race Weekend memorable for everyone involved. In 1994, there was a cross race registration total of 1,500, compared to this year’s 30,000 registered runners.

Runners can go to to review today’s results.

Men’s Division Marathon                
Abebe Mekuriya, City Falls, NY 2:17:35
Tesfaye Dube, New York, NY 2:18:15
Nicholas Hilton, Flagstaff, AZ 2:19:36
Birhanu Mekonnen, Washington, DC 2:19:59
Abiyot Endale, Bronx, NY 2:20:55
Women’s Division Marathon
Irina Alexandrova, Hebron, KY 2:39:06
Tezeta Dengersa, Washington, DC 2:40:13
Meseret Basa, New York, NY 2:40:51
Aregash Abate, High Falls, NY 2:42:41
Amanda Marino, Jackson, NJ 2:43:57
Men’s Masters Division Marathon
Jae Yung Hyung, Alburquerque, NM 2:24:40
Rich Burke, Morristown, NJ 2:31:20
Ray Pugsley, Potomac Falls, VA 2:34:06
Doug Fernandez, Richmond, VA 2:37:49
Women’s Masters Division Marathon
Mary Pardi, Falmouth, ME 2:53:39
Myriam Grenon, Longueuil, QC, Canada 2:59:16
Catherine Spiess, New Albany, OH 3:06:15
Kim Redden, Ottawa, MB Canada 3:06:45
Men’s Wheelchair Marathon
Grant Berthiaume, Tuscon, AZ 2:04:26
Men’s Division Half Marathon
Elijah Karanja Hebron, KY 1:02:59
Direba Yigezu New York, NY 1:03:23
Jordan Chipangama Flagstaff, AZ 1:03:28
Yonas Mebrahtu East Flagstaff, AZ 1:03:53
Henry Rutto Royersford, PA 1:04:10
Women’s Division Half Marathon
Rkia El Moukim Queens, NY 1:10:53
Adrienne Herzog, Boulder, CO 1:12:59
Jane Murage, Royersford, PA 1:12:59
Ingrid Mollenkopf, Flower Mound, TX 1:13:04
Allison Mendez, Austin, TX 1:13:47
Men’s Masters Half Marathon
Eric Shafer, Pittsburgh, PA 1:13:21
Paul Thompson, Peekskill, NY 1:13:23
Kevin Beugless, Media, PA 1:17:05
Martin Fontaine, Otterburn Park, QC Canada 1:17:51
Women Masters Half Marathon
Vicky Jasparro Fredericksburg, VA 1:25:24
Jill Tenny, Harrisburg, PA 1:21:24
Susanne Vanzijl, Elkton, MD 1:29:49
Vicki Boyer, Elizabethtown, PA 1:29:42
Men’s Wheelchair Half Marathon
    Shannon Franks, College Park, MD  1:09:53
    Daniel Wheeler, Shamong, NJ  2:11:44         
Women’s Wheelchair Half Marathon
    Michelle Wheeler, New York, NY 1:30:51
The GORE-TEX® Philadelphia
Marathon weekend attracts more than 3,000 volunteers, 30,000 runners
and 60,000 spectators to Philadelphia to experience “20 Years, For the
Love of Running”.  Race Weekend features the GORE-TEX®Philadelphia
Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 17; the Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 16; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16.
Race participants pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the
swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier.
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